Things to do in San Antonio in January 2023

Catch a free movie or visit the Kerrville Renaissance Festival in January

San Antonio skyline at night (Nan Palmero, Flickr)

Now that I’ve remembered to start writing 2022 on dates, it’s almost time to kick off 2023.

There have been tons of things to do around San Antonio for the holidays and the upcoming year also has a lot going on.

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Here’s the list of events going on in the San Antonio area in January

  • San Antonio Spurs - The Spurs will be playing eight home games in January. The first home game is on Jan. 6.
  • Bandera Farmer’s Market - This recurring farmer’s market takes place at Bandera Pointe Shopping Center located at 11851 Bandera Road in Helotes. Dates for the market are Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28.
  • River Walk Winter Artisan Show - Experience the beauty of the San Antonio River Walk at the Artisan Show by shopping over 40 handmade artisan booths, including pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork, and more. The free show takes place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Jan. 13 and 14 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 15.
  • Movie in the Park - Grab a blanket and enjoy a free family-friendly movie under the stars at the Tower of the Americas. “Minions: The Rise of Gru” will play at the base of the tower on Jan. 14. Movie starts at sunset.
  • Rotary Ice Rink - You can still skate around San Antonio’s Travis Park at the Rotary Ice Rink in January. The rink will be open to the public through Jan. 16.
This year, the ice rink is expanding its footprint in the park. (Rotary Club of San Antonio)
  • Culinaria Restaurant Weeks - Restaurants around San Antonio offer three-course prix fixe menus during the bi-annual restaurant week celebration. The menus will be available from Jan. 16-28.
  • Kerrville Renaissance Festival - The Kerrville Renaissance Festival is adding a third weekend to the lineup for 2023. Festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 21-22, 28-29 and Feb 4-5 at the River Star Arts and Events Park, located at 3785 TX-27 in Kerrville. Eight stages of entertainment will feature both returning and new acts, including dancers, musicians, magicians, jugglers and contests.
  • Asian New Year Celebration - The Asian festival is celebrated with the first new moon of the lunar calendar; this coming year on Sunday, January 22nd. The year 2023 is slated to be the Year of the Rabbit, according to the event website. This free festival will be celebrated with dance, music, food, martial arts, and other Asian traditions.
  • Jo Koy - Comedian Jo Koy is making a stop in San Antonio on his upcoming world tour. Koy will be taking the stage at 8 p.m. on January 27 at the AT&T Center.
Comedian Jo Koy poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on March 2, 2021, to promote his book Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo." (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) (2021 Invision)

MLK March

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929. However, the national holiday commemorating his birth rarely falls on his actual birthday.

The holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in January, which falls on Jan. 16 in 2023.

He was a figurehead in the civil rights movement as an inspirational leader who exemplified nonviolent protests as a form of civil discourse and many cities around the country honor his legacy with an annual March.

San Antonio is home to one of the largest MLK marches in the U.S., with more than 300,000 people normally attending the march.

The 2023 celebration will begin with the in-person march kickoff at 10 a.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy, 3501 Martin Luther King Drive, and ends at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa St., followed by the park celebration at Pittman-Sullivan Park.

MLK march

The park celebration will include the main stage with multicultural performances, a health and wellness area, a youth area, food and merchandise vendors, and information booths, according to the event website.

New Year’s Eve

My fellow digital journalist Rebecca Salinas put together a list of New Year’s Eve events and while it’s not technically something to do in January — it’s still something you might want to know.

  • Carriqui: The Pearl restaurant will have its New Year’s Eve 1970′s Themed House Party on Dec. 31, from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. The house party includes musical performances by Buttercup and DJ Steven Lee Moya, appetizer stations, a champagne toast at midnight and breakfast tacos as a parting gift. Tickets are $25 each. For more information, click here.
  • Celebrate SA: The city’s official New Year’s Eve celebration will take place on South Alamo Street between Market Street and César E Chávez Boulevard with live music and a fireworks show at midnight. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and is free to the public.
  • Chart House at the Tower of the Americas: The New Year’s Eve celebration will start at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. The event is $250 and includes a five-course meal and music from DJ XK. Click here for more information.
  • The Good Kind: The Southtown restaurant will have a party on New Year’s Eve, starting at 9 p.m. The party includes a cocktail and swag bag. Tickets are $20. For more information, click here.
  • Hotel Emma: The Pearl hotel will host a party, beginning at 8 p.m., with musical guest Henry Brun. The event is free for hotel guests but $50 for the public. Valet parking is included at no additional cost. For more information, click here.
History Untold: The Hotel Emma
  • Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa: The Springhouse Café will serve a buffet dinner between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The holiday buffet is $32 for adults or $45 for a bottomless champagne option. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 will pay their age and children 4 years and younger are free. Call 210-767-7999 to make a reservation.
  • The Moon’s Daughters: The restaurant and bar, which is atop the Thompson San Antonio-Riverwalk, will have a “Celestial Ball” with DJ JAX. Table packages range from $300 to $100,000. The $100,000 ticket can be shared between 24 people and includes a future three-night stay at a Hyatt hotel. For more information on tickets, click here.
  • SeaWorld San Antonio: The theme park will show fireworks on New Year’s Eve. The event starts at 9 p.m. To purchase a ticket, click here.
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas: A firework display will start at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31. For more information, click here.


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